Busy weeks

I've been a little busy over the last weeks and unable to blog about it. (Well I was able, just utterly bored).

Firstly my SC2-melee map 'Crescent Moon XE' is finished and downloadable via the Battle.net-services. Just search for 'Crescent Moon XE'. It came fourth place out of about two dozen maps. Not too bad, although I had expected a little more. But it seems most people voted the winner because he had the largest screenshot. Anyway congrats to the winner.

- Link to SC-remake-contest thread

SC2Mapster.com announced another melee map remake contest. This time i'ts about WarCraft 3. I'm not sure if I have time to participate, but thankfully the contest deadline ends in more than two weeks from now, so plenty of time to decide.

- Link to WC3-remake-contest thread

I've also worked much more with the SC2-editor. I've fleshed out a fully playable co-operative map and I am playing it daily with friends and random people from chat/forums to maximize gameplay and fun. I'm only days from starting to work cinematics and map art. Expect full announcement and a release some time in January.

In other (gaming, do'h!) news: I've reactivated my WoW accounts, two weeks prior to the release of Cataclysm. I've leveled an Undead Warlock to 36. Pure gameplay time is around 24 hours. The quality of each region varies a lot. Tirisfal is fine, you do the usual kill/get-quests. The process is a lot more streamlined, you meet fewer people with more interesting storylines. It's worth reading. Silverpine Forest is one of the coolest zones: You get your quests from no other than Sylvanas Windrunner who guides and aids you in various tasks. The phase shifting technology is masterfully executed. You really feel like you are doin something. Hillsbrad Foothills is almost as good, because there are three characters that will just kill you laughing.
Arathi Highlands and The Hinterlands are just bad. I couldn't wait to get out of there. The quests there have you go back and forth between sections of the map for countless times. I'm currently in the Western Plaguelands which is really cool again. Nice quests, nice phasing.

Now I bought Cataclysm and started playing a Goblin Mage: The two starting zones are probably the VERY BEST I've ever experienced in WoW. From start two finish I feel engaged, meet huge Warcraft-celebrities, do the wildest quests and am rewarded with nice cinematics and phasing technology. I hope the rest is as good :D

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